Her alias…”Mau Mau”, which is short for Ana’Mau (Grandmother) in the Yuman language. A language, our language, belonging to the Fort Mojave American Indians.
She was born in 1958 in Far rockaway New York City, and raised up in the city, long enough for it to become a permanent fixture in her soul. She is every bit of New York.
In public, she is Mom. To strangers, she is a sister. In public when she calls for me I respond with: “Ma’am?” Heads turn with confusion as to why I am calling this young woman, Ma’am. When she takes care of her grandchildren……
“Oh! You’re not Mom?”
Mom’s unfiltered response: “Lord, no! I raised all of my kids……my babies are 30, 32 and 35. I have 8 grand children genetically and many more through marriage.”
My momma is my superwoman. I take such pride in how well she has treated her body. She has loved herself and her family enough, to think about the importance of her personal health.
I thank God for preserving my mother the way that He has. Her health and her strength surpasses even many in their 20’s and 30’s…..including myself (in some ways) . She is my personal trainer, by the way. I would not have it differently.
I love all variations of Grandparents…..the disciplinaries, the bubbly one’s who spoil, the athletically inclined ones, the soft spoken ones…who, even their silent presence alone, you gain a lifetime worth of wisdom.
My mom is the athletic grandparent who can take us “young’ins’ down, on the basketball court, and turn around and hold her grown kids like young children when we weep, in a family full of granddaughters……give our little girls personal pampering time with her ,when puberty decides that boys are now adorned with CAUTION signs ⚠🚦🚧🚨🚨…and for us older “girls”….even men😒
She has just the right amount of strict and playfulness to even out the balance for her outnumbered grandsons. She is a millenial Grandparent. Although I consider every Grandparent in this time we are living in, the perfect millenial fit. We need the outspoken, the softspoken, the spiritual, the disciplinary, the spoiler.
My generation of parents, need all of you Grandparents. You balance out our ever changing technical and more than often, disconnected world.
We need you. Our children need you. We will always need you. You will NEVER be outdated.